Wanderdust: A Guide to the Most Germ-Ridden Items

Holidays are, undoubtedly, the best time of the year. Whether it’s a Christmas getaway, a long weekend exploring a new city, or a two week, all-inclusive, poolside break in an exotic country, it is always, always something to look forward to. But how much do we actually know about our holidays, and the places we visit – especially when it comes to how many germs we’re encountering? We are all careful to wash our hands, wipe down the surfaces with anti-bac, and carry hand sanitizer with us when we’re at home, but when we’re away we can become unwittingly trusting that the place we’re staying in – and the places we’re visiting – are squeaky clean. Is it because the idea of a professional cleaner makes us assume things are cleaner than they are? Or do we simply care less because we’re on holiday, and feeling more care-free?

Whatever the reason, the chances are you’ve been lulled into a false sense of security, so we decided to put it to the test and see just how germy each aspect of your holiday is. From the airport all the way to the beach, we thoroughly analyzed every part of the travel experience to find out the most germ-ridden places and objects you are likely to encounter while traveling. We’re afraid the results aren’t pretty.

Germs You Will Encounter While Travelling

First things first, in order to properly assess how germ-ridden a holiday can be, we looked at a variety of different places you encounter while traveling: the airport, aeroplane, hotel room, public transport, cars, the beach, and the pool, using various sources and statistical data sets to analyse the number of bacteria found on objects in these places.

To get right down to the dirty details, the number one most germ-ridden item you will encounter while traveling is the self-check-in machines found at the airport, with some machines hosting over 1 million colony forming units per square inch (CFU). Considering the sheer volume of people that pass through an airport every hour, let alone every day/week/month/year (for instance, Heathrow has on average 8,904 people pass through the airport every hour), as well as the increase in people seeking out “do it yourself” technology in otherwise stressful situations – such as when travelling – it is unsurprising that these machines are so germy.

Surprisingly, the least germ-ridden part of your holiday is the airplane’s toilet seat, as this is something that will be cleaned constantly. It still harbors tons of pathogens though, so experts recommend lining the seat with toilet paper, so your skin doesn’t actually make contact with the seat.

Have a look below at our breakdown of bacteria across different locations you visit while traveling.

The Airport

The worst part about going on holiday is, undoubtedly, the airport. Checking in, hanging around, dealing with screaming kids, having to find your check-in gate, it’s pretty much all awful. But wait, that whole experience is about to get worse. Because the airport is absolutely FULL of germs. Wherever you are in an airport, you name it, it’ll be germier than probably your whole house put together.

At least 10% of airport surfaces have traces of virus causing bacteria on them, which is a hefty amount when you consider you how big an airport is. Not only this but the water in water fountains that you’re encouraged to use to fill up your water bottle? Turns out toilet water would actually be cleaner, because water fountains are rarely if ever, sanitized. Which is fine, just make sure you use a towel to turn the sink on and off if you fill your bottle up in here, because the sink handles are absolutely covered in bacteria (50,000 CFU per square inch, to be exact).

The Aeroplane

Even though flying is often advertised as being cool and glamorous, the reality is far from this. The truth is, it’s uncomfortable, cramped, the temperature is never right, the lack of humidity dries out your skin and causes breakouts, and there’s always at least one person who’s got some sort of flu. All in all, it’s pretty grim. Which is why it’s not surprising that most people end up ill after flying.

Not only is the plane not cleaned between flights, but those magazines that everyone handles every trip? Only changed once a quarter when a new edition comes out. Those overhead air vents that are great for cooling you down? Excellent distributors of airborne germs. And that seatbelt you wear to keep yourself safe? The likelihood is that it’s never been cleaned.

The Hotel Room

Considering that every single time you stay at a hotel you can always spot at least one maid making the rounds, a hotel room is really not as clean as you would think. Or as clean as you would like. Case in point: fecal matter can be found on 81% of surfaces. So that’s four out of five things you touch that has fecal matter on it. Grim.

The biggest hot spots are the light switches, telephone keypads, and TV remotes because let’s face it, these are the easiest items to forget about but that clearly doesn’t mean everything else is clean. For example, sponges often carry bacteria from one room to the next, contaminating different sections of rooms, and glasses are often cleaned with cloths previously used to clean dirty surfaces and then not cleaned themselves.

Public Transport

Unless you’re lucky enough to have your hotel smack bang in the middle of everything, chances are you’ll use at least one form of public transport while traveling. Everyone knows about the germs that are present on public transport because this isn’t a new thing for germaphobes to focus in on, and one in ten people are reported to avoid public transport completely due to hygiene fears.

It turns out people are right to have these fears: the subway is often the dirtiest way of traveling around a city, with train seats over six times dirtier than toilets. And if that’s not enough to put you off, thanks to the high level of bacteria found on bus handles/poles, if the same level was found in a supermarket it would be shut down by a health inspector. Nice.

Cars

If you decide against public transport (which isn’t surprising considering that little nugget of information about how dirty public transport is), chances are you’ll be hiring a car. But be wary here too, as studies show that on average people only clean the insides of their car less than 10 times a year. That’s a long time for germs and bacteria to build up.

In fact, the dashboard of a car is said to be as dirty as a toilet seat, while a gear stick is a home to 356 different types of germs. On the bright side, the steering wheel is the cleanest part of your car – until you have to use your gear stick though, apparently.

Beach/Pool

Despite it being hammered into you when you were a kid that a pool is full of chlorine, hence why you shouldn’t drink the water (like it stopped you anyway), that doesn’t actually mean it’s clean. Did you know, for example, that if you can smell the chlorine that means the pool is actually very dirty? It’s because chlorine only emits that specific chlorine smell when it’s been activated i.e. when it’s doing its job and cleaning the water – which means the water is dirty.

As for the beach, turns out although seawater is likely to be contaminated with wastewater from sewage and other sources, there are still up to 100 times more bacteria on the sand than in the water. Plus, for those that like to play in the sand or be buried in it: you’re more likely to develop diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Looking for some more dirty details? Have a look at our travel germs by numbers breakdown below.

 

Lonely Planet: A Good Trip Fellow

Sometimes it is difficult to know which the best places to visit are or where to invest your time. Especially, when you are travelling to a destination you have never been before.

The internet is of course a good source, but it can turn out to be a bit complicated. There exist so many websites that offer different opinions. Therefor, it may be tricky to know which is the good one.

What is it?

For this problem, we have a fair and completely reliable solution for you: Lonely Planet. This is a travelling guide which will provide you the best advise, no matter where you are travelling. The most touristic cities are available in several languages making your experience easier. In addition to that, it is recommended by travelling experts who really care about this kind of experiences.

Of course it is a way to guide your vacations and you will love this guide if you still like paper writing books. Each one is written by a well experienced person who knows perfectly the zone. He will provide suggestions to visit the best places.

How to proceed?

Our suggestion is that, the first day you arrive to your destination, you may catch your taxi previously booked. Go to your hotel or apartment, leave your luggage there and go to the closest bookshop to your location.

They usually have a specified department devoted to travel. Here, you will easily find the Lonely Planet version in your own language.

You will find two versions, the normal and the pocket one. The last one is more appropriate when you are travelling few days and you want to do. After all it will suggest plenty of things and activities. Prices varie between 12 and 25 EUR, you can also visit their webpage.

 

Recommendations

You will not regret having invested your money in that guide, that is for sure. Furthermore, you will be given details about every place that is worth a visit.  In addition, it will give you prices and schedules. As a result,  you can plan your trip and enjoy it as much as possible. You will also find recommendations about museums, interest points, nature and many more! Everything will depend on the destination you are visiting, but you will be recommended the best places and experiences from this location.

Food and drinks

You are also given advices for restaurants and places for having some drinks and food. As people usually try to avoid touristy places and go to local establishments, this is usually a tricky point when travelling. In that way, you will be also able to save money, as the guide will indicate different options for all cuisines and in several price ranges.

This guide will indicate you places that are offering you food and drinks that are typical of the location. Of course, this is one of the best things to experience when travelling abroad.

 

Travel on a budget

 

One of the advantages this guide offers, is that it always provides prices about all the activities it is mentions. As a result,  you will not be surprised once you are there. Apart from that, it is offering the cheapest options for every type of visit (restaurants, shopping, etc.). You will always find different possibilities, no matter the budget that is at your disposal.

Transport and maps

 

As a proper guide, it is of course offering a map for every part of the city. Moreover, you will be given public transport options to reach the places. This way, mobility will not be a problem for you. Do not forget that the best transport for your arrival day from the airport is Taxi2Airport.com. Of course, for your your return transfer to the airport as well.

5 Best Places to Experience Fall in Paris

Go beyond the cliches if you want to experience Paris like a local

Forget the Eiffel Tower and leave with a Parisian to take a walk in Paris totally different from what you imagined and to discover the capital under a new angle.

Paris is filled with surprising activity and incredible places to be discovered. This guide will present you the 5 things to do in Paris as well as tips and advice for your stay.

 

Jardin du Luxembourg, 6ème arrondissement

Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created in 1612. The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two, lies a geometric forest and a large pond.

The garden has 106 statues spread throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangerie and the Pavillon Davioud. Whether you are Parisians or tourists, you can play chess, tennis, and bridge or remote control boats.

The cultural programme is characterized by free photography exhibitions on the garden railings and by concerts in the bandstand.

Opens between 7.30am and 8.15am, and closes between 4.30pm and 9.30pm according to the season.

Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre18arrondissement

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris.  At the top of the Butte Montmartre, it has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital, from 130 meters above ground. And to go even higher up, visitors can access the dome where the 360° view of Paris is magnificent.

After exploring the charming museum of Montmartre, take a break in the gardens of Renoir, a haven of peace overlooking the vineyards of Montmartre.

A short walk from the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre, the old Parisian unique district of Abbesses with its steep, winding roads, and at the bottom of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

The basilica is open every day from 6 am to 10.30 pm

Catacombes de Paris, 14arrondissements

If you like strange places, dare to go down into the bowels of the city. The visit of the Catacombs of Paris is without a doubt the most frightening attraction that Paris has to offer, with kilometers of tunnels lined with femurs and skulls of six million dead Parisians.

Built 23 meters underground at the end of the 18th century to prevent diseases from spreading in the cemeteries of the city center, the Catacombs are now the scene of a thrilling walk.

From Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am till 8:30 pm

Catacombs Official Website

Opéra Bastille, 12e arrondissement

After having read the website of the Opera Bastille, choose your favorite opera show and note the date in your diary so as not to miss it.

On the day of the show, go to the doors of the Opera Bastille to the around 16h. At 6 pm, the doors of the opera open and 30 tickets are available at a modest price of € 5 (2 tickets per person maximum).I

n the program, there are operas, ballets, and superb classical music concerts. Enjoy a fabulous show in one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, we assure you that you will not regret it!

Bastille Opera  

Passages Couverts, 9e arrondissement

More than old shopping malls, The Covered Passages around the Grand Boulevards are galleries with a particular atmosphere dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Covered by a charming glass roof, their second-hand bookstores, tea rooms, and gift shops make them fun alternatives to Parisian shopping galleries. We recommend the Galerie Vivienne and the Jouffroy Passage, which houses the Grévin Museum.

Parisian Covered Passages

To enjoy your stay in Paris, head to the place that inspires you the most: The Latin District will be the ideal place if you are looking for a student and intellectual atmosphere during your visit to Paris, the Invalides if you appreciate the architecture imposing place, Montmartre if you have the soul of an artist, Belleville if you want to find the atmosphere of old Paris typical.

7 Paris Cafes You Have to Try

Paris and cafe culture go hand-in-hand. If you’re visiting this romantic city, it’s a give-in that you’ll notice a lively cafe scene. Tables and chairs spill onto sidewalks, and smartly dressed Parisians sip coffee as they chat. Well-dressed waiters deliver baked goods to couples who look in love. In Paris, cafes are where the life is. So, book your taxi from the airport straight to one of these brilliant cafes.

Le Select

 

Want to skip right to most classic, Parisian cafe in the city? Start at Le Select. It’s a well-known and loved cafe-brasserie in the heart of Montparnasse. This cafe has certainly earned its reputation, especially because of its former patrons. Famous socialites like Hemingway, Picasso, and F. Scott Fitzgerald lingered over a hot mug here in their day.

Cafe de Flore

 

This has been a cafe staple since World War II. It hasn’t changed much over the years, except for the clientele. While it used to be a smokey hangout for artists and students, it’s now frequented by tourists and the upper class. With large mirrors and red booths, Cafe de Flore still has a similar ambience as before. Even if you don’t like spots for tourists, don’t write this spot off. It once was a safe haven for discussions between the likes of de Beauvoir and Sartre you know!

Le Procope

Have some history with your coffee at the oldest cafe in Paris. It definitely looks the part with antique paintings, opulent chandeliers, and a sophisticated atmosphere. The cafe was founded in 1686, and was frequented by prominent figures of the time.Furthermore, while you’re enjoying your espresso, you might find yourself in the same seat that Benjamin Franklin or Voltaire once sat.

Café des Deux Moulins

Familiar with the movie Amélie? This 2001 film by director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is what made this place famous. Amélie is considered a cult classic, and several of the movie’s scenes were played out in this location. Today, the cafe is decorated with paraphernalia and photos from the movie, and is a popular spot for tourists.

Café de la Paix

This cafe looks more like a museum than a coffee shop. And in a way, it kind of is. The city declared it a historic site in 1975, and locals and tourists have been making a point to visit ever since. The cafe has been the setting for poems, paintings, and films. It was once a popular spot for local writers like Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant. While it may seem a little crowded, definitely don’t skip this cafe.

Le Barbouquin

 

After you’ve visited the classic cafes, it’s time to check out the modern versions. Le Barbouquin is located in the hip neighbourhood of Belleville, and is covered in mosaics and graffiti artwork. It’s part coffee shop, bookstore, bar, and library. The food is said to be pretty delicious too!

Ten Belles

Another modern favourite, this quaint cafe is located near the canal. It’s considered ‘hipster’ by many, as the craft coffee selection is very refined. Their coffee comes from the local roaster, Belleville Brûlerie, which is well-known to Parisian coffee aficionados. They have a small lunch menu, and a line-up of house-made pastries too.

A visit to Paris isn’t complete without experiencing the cafes. So, get ready to get caffeinated and give these a try. You can book your taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport here.

Travel Alone or with Friends?

Deciding whether to travel alone or with friends is one of the hardest and most important decisions you will have to make before planning your trip. Both ways can be very fun but also exhausting at the same time, so think about it carefully. Hopefully, the following pro’s and con’s will help you make that decision.

Travelling with Friends

It might be a good idea to travel with your best friend, your girlfriend or boyfriend, but could also end up in a disaster. Here are some things you should definitely keep in mind.

Pro’s

The biggest advantage is that you always have a friend to whom you can talk to. Of course, grabbing a drink or going for lunch or diner makes more fun if you have company. This way, you will never have to feel alone when you are in a foreign country. You can also split the costs for food, taxis or even beds. Therefore, it is way cheaper to travel with friends. Also, imagine getting sick. Be it the foreign climate or the different food, eventually at some point of your journey you will not feel good. Knowing to have a friend who has got your back is a huge mental help. Furthermore, it is a lot safer to travel in company.

Con’s

Despite the numerous advantages of traveling with a friend, there are some disadvantages as well. Fights are predestined when being with each other 24/7. Even if it’s the best friend or the most caring lover. Maybe you want to eat somewhere else, want to go to a different bar or a nightclub. Keep in mind, that different people have different views. So, if you are not on the same page it could be hard to make compromises in the long-term. Additionally, you are less approachable in a group which means, that you are less likely to meet new people. On the one hand, other people could get intimidated by a larger group of people. On the other hand, there is also the danger that you isolate yourself from the local culture. Simply put, you don’t have to approach other people since you have your best friend with you.

Travelling Alone

Travelling alone for a longer period of time is something, that everyone should do at least once in their life. It is a big opportunity to test yourself and to grow beyond your own limits. The following section emphasizes the pro’s and con’s of solo adventures.

Pro’s

Obviously, having total freedom is one of its greatest perks. You are able to do what you want, where you want and whenever you want to. Therefore, there will be no nerve-racking fights and argues about where to spend the day or where to go next. On the same time, travelling solo forces you to become more independent. Moreover, this will build your character since you will have to step out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. It will also raise your confidence when travelling through a foreign country, engaging new people and figuring out the solution for problems that will occur. Of course, you will get to know yourself better than ever before. Travelling alone is ideal for reflection, since you are not surrounded by any of the problems that you have at home.

Con’s

However, travelling alone brings a couple of drawbacks as well. For example, loneliness could be a big problem while your travel. Certainly, you will find yourself at a point, where you simply miss the human connection. Also, some activities are just more fun with friends. Going somewhere without being able to talk about it and to share the experience could make things feel underwhelming. Solo travel is also less safe then travelling with people. So taking the necessary precautions before starting your solo adventure is a must. For example, you should research dangerous neighborhoods before you arrive or get not too drunk when you are out with people you newly met.

Good Destinations to travel Alone:

Seville, Spain

London, UK

Bangkok, Thailand

Mexico City, Mexico

Lisbon, Portugal

The World Cup of Travel

The World Cup is all anyone can talk about right now, so we thought – let’s run our own World Cup…and so The World Cup of Travel began.

The World Cup of Travel follows the exact same format as the FIFA World Cup, only rather than competing on footballing abilities the qualifying countries will be competing on travel appeal.

Who will come out on top and lift the coveted World Cup of Travel trophy? Have a look at our results table below to find out.

So how did the matches work? If you want more info on all the action from each of our World Cup Travel matches read on below for the full lowdown on how it all played out.

Group Stages

Just like the FIFA World Cup, the 32 qualifying teams were split into the same 8 groups.

In each match, the countries competed against each other in 7 categories. These were:

  • Weather
  • Cost
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Nightlife
  • Nature & Beaches
  • Shopping

For each category, a country won they were given a goal, where the two countries drew on a category no goal was awarded.

Each country within the group play against each other in the same order as the FIFA World Cup group matches. For every match won the country was awarded 3 points, for a draw it was awarded 1 point and for a loss no points were awarded. The two countries in each group with the most points moved on to the next round.

Group A

Group A saw Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia battle it out, with Uruguay taking top place while Egypt was the runner-up.

The first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia was a draw, but both teams went on to lose all subsequent matches. Uruguay won all of their games thanks to their low budgets and tasty local cuisine.

Group B

Group B was a battle between Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Iran with Spain winning the group, while Portugal took the runner-up position. With its incredible range of UNESCO sites, lively nightlife and delicious tapas – Spain was a tough act to beat.

Group C

Group C was the turn of France, Peru, Australia, and Denmark. France was crowned the winner and Peru took the runner-up spot. While Australia and Denmark both pulled out their nature card, they couldn’t compete against the likes of France and Peru for culture, while France also held strong on food and nightlife.

Group D

Group D saw Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria compete in what appeared to be a tough group. In spite of this Argentina managed to win all games thanks to its lively nightlife and cultural landmarks. Croatia managed two wins while Nigeria sadly lost all its matches.

Group E

Saw Brazil and Switzerland taking on Costa Rica and Serbia, with Brazil winning and Switzerland coming in as the runner up. Brazil won all of its games while Switzerland won 1, drew 1 and lost 1. Costa Rica managed 1 win against Serbia while Serbia lost 2 games and drew against Switzerland.

Group F

Group F was the turn of Mexico, South Korea, Germany and Sweden. In what may have been a surprising result for some, Mexico took the winning spot while South Korea were runners-up, meaning Germany and Sweden were eliminated. Mexico came out strong in all 3 of their games thanks to their delectable cuisine, sunny weather and low costs. While South Korea’s nightlife, food and low costs also gave it a good run.

Group G

Group G is the one the Brits will be watching as England took on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Much like the FIFA World Cup England came out on top with its cultural sites and traditional food making up for its lack of sunshine. Belgium came second overall after beating Panama and Tunisia in areas including culture and food.

Group H

Group H was the battle between Japan, Poland, Colombia and Senegal. Japan came out on top winning all of its matches thanks to its iconic food, breath-taking natural landmarks and buzzing nightlife. Poland took the runner up spot losing only to Japan.

Round of 16

Just like in the FIFA World Cup, the winner from each group went on to play the runner-up from another group. This followed the same order as the World Cup with the winner of Group A playing the Runner-up of Group B and so on.

Again in each match, the countries competed against each other in the same seven categories as in the group stages.

The winning teams to come out of this round and move on to the quarterfinals were Portugal, France, Brazil, England, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Japan.

The full rundown of quarterfinal matches can be viewed below.

Portugal v France

Weather: Portugal

Cost: Portugal

Food: France

Culture: France

Nightlife: France

Beaches & Nature: Portugal

Shopping: France

Winner = France

Brazil v England

Weather: Brazil

Cost:Brazil

Food: Brazil

Culture: England

Nightlife: Brazil

Beaches & Nature: Brazil

Shopping: England

Winner = Brazil

Spain v Argentina

Weather: Spain

Cost: Argentina

Food: Spain

Culture: Spain

Nightlife: Spain

Beaches & Nature: Spain

Shopping: Spain

Winner = Spain

Mexico v Japan

Weather: Mexico

Cost:Mexico

Food: Mexico

Culture: Japan

Nightlife: Japan

Beaches & Nature: Japan

Shopping: Japan

Winner = Japan

Semi-Finals

In what was to be a very tough round of semi-finals we saw France come up against Brazil, while Spain took on Japan.

It could have been anyone’s game but Brazil came out as the winner in the first match beating France 4-3 thanks to its year-round sunshine, stunning natural landmarks and low travel costs.

Spain won the other semi-final match, beating a tough contender in Japan, but ultimately Spain’s cultural scene, nightlife and local cuisine just pipped that of Japan, while its Mediterranean climate was also a large winning factor.

Final

In an incredibly tough final to call, Spain came up against Brazil. Both countries were fantastic contenders with culture, nature, nightlife and sunshine to their name. It was a close game but ultimately Spain’s party scene across both beaches and cities and its impressive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites gave Spain the edge allowing it to take the World Cup of Travel trophy

Winner – Spain.

Will the results of the FIFA World Cup be the same as the World Cup of Travel? We will have to wait and see.

 

Popular Airports:


Amsterdam Airport – Schiphol

Brussels Airport

Barcelona Airport – El Prat

Paris Airport – Charles de Gaulle

Tokyo Airport – Narita International Airport

Rome Airport – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Malaga Airport

Palma de Mallorca Airport

Berlin Airport – Tegel

Budapest Airport – Ferenc Liszt International Airport

Five of the Best Restaurants in Dublin

Dining out in Dublin offers so many tempting choices. From old favourites to a range of new eateries, a tasty night on the town is not to be missed, whatever you fancy.

There’s plenty to get your taste buds a-tingling, from traditional Irish fare to innovative new cuisine. Hopefully, you’re staying for several nights, as one certainly won’t be enough.

Here’s our guide to five of the best restaurants in Dublin.

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The Bank on College Green

This former bank is an ornate riot of stained glass, mosaic tiling and the occasional palm tree. Somehow it all works. The food is simple but seriously tasty. Full Irish breakfast, fish and chips and melt-in-the-mouth steaks are particularly irresistible, and fresh, local produce is very evident.

Prices are mid-range and breakfast, weekend brunch, dinner and lunch are all catered for. The Bank is ideal for posh but hearty fish and chips in grand surroundings.

Da Mimmo

For excellent and authentic Italian food in the heart of Dublin, head to this family-run restaurant. Scrumptious, wood-fired pizzas a big favourite here and the cellar features a fine range of delicious Italian wines. All the favourites are here, from pasta and salads to meat, fish and vegetarian options.

A simple but tasty bruschetta, followed by a calzone classic is highly recommended, but so is everything else. The two-course lunch specials are well worth a look; scrumptious and great value.

The Trocadero

Housed in two redbrick Georgian buildings, this Dublin institution has been around for 60 years. The food is elegant and delicious, and the staff are warm and welcoming.  You may spot some celebrities as well as the locals. The Troc is a great place for a special occasion.

The menu offers a good selection of food and a very fine wine cellar.  The prawn and Sambuca risotto, followed by the Kilmore Quay black sole with lemon and dill butter is a very good idea. The orange and cardamom crème brûlée should fill up the cracks.

The Boxty

The traditional Irish boxty is a feature here. A type of pancake, bread or dumpling made with potatoes, it’s delicious and versatile. Food is sourced from local artisan producers are much in evidence and it’s comforting, filling and utterly delicious.

Try a boxty with tender corned beef and cabbage, a traditional lamb stew with homemade soda bread, or chicken with bacon and leeks, wrapped in a boxty pancake. This is a friendly and homely place with a fresh and modern feel.

The Bastible

This smart and minimalist restaurant features inventive and stylish cuisine. The menu offers fine, modern dining with intriguing and mouth-watering combinations. The smoked cheese and wheat beer doughnuts make a light and tasty starter. The braised lamb with garlic puree and kohlrabi is a tender and flavoursome main course, and the sour caramel and reduced milk ice cream is a luscious way to end.

The Chefs Menu offers a variety of small tasting plates, and there’s even a selection of smaller, tapas style dishes. There are set menus and à la carte options.

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If you’re planning a trip to Dublin to explore this fascinating city and eat your way around its many wonderful restaurants, get started by booking your transfer to Dublin airport. If you want to find out more, then read this guide to the best pubs in Dublin.

6 Unmissable Sights in Rome

Rome is a destination that’s jam packed with historical sites. Between the Roman ruins, incredible architecture and cafes, there’s plenty to do in this city. While some travelers try to check everything off the list, others strive to take it slow, seeing only Rome’s best. If you have limited time in this world-famous city, here are the six unmissable sights.

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The Colosseum

No trip to Rome is complete without at least seeing the Colosseum. It may be the city’s most popular attraction. This circular amphitheater is a cultural relic that lets visitors step back in history. Take a tour to see where the ancient Romans staged ship battles, watched large game animals fight, and enjoyed shows.

The Vatican

Technically a city within itself, the Vatican is one of the top places to visit in Rome. It’s a vast complex of impressive architecture, art, and religious culture. Come see the home of the Pope and tour the countless museums and galleries that are held here. This is where the Sistine Chapel is located, so make time to see one of Rome’s great pieces of artwork.

Palatine Hill

Elevated above the city, Palatine Hill was once the stomping grounds of Rome’s elite. They built gardens, beautiful homes, and impressive buildings. It’s one of the city’s most ancient places, and the views of Rome make it well worth the climb. Tour the hill and see ancient ruins, excavations, former homes, and colorful flowers.

Pantheon 

Formerly a Roman temple, the Pantheon is now a church in central Rome. Its history is slightly mysterious, with historians still unsure about when it was built. Out of all the ancient buildings in Rome, the Pantheon is the most complete. Visitors come to marvel at the architecture, intricate details, and natural light that floods the interior. It’s also located in the lively square, Piazza della Rotonda, where visitors can rest, take photos, and watch the sun go down over the Pantheon.

Trevi Fountain

When people think of Rome, the Trevi Fountain often comes to mind. It’s one of the city’s top tourist attractions, and most beautiful pieces of architecture. It’s the city’s largest Baroque fountain, and one of the most famous in the entire world. Make sure to throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain. It’s said that this will help you return to Italy and find a love interest. Visit the fountain during the day but don’t forget to return at night when it’s lit up.

St. Peter’s Basilica 

Found in Vatican City, this is one of the holiest temples for Catholics, and an important pilgrimage destination. The Pope spends much of his time here throughout the year, and the grounds are the resting place of St. Peter himself. Visitors come to marvel at the architecture, view the artwork, and see The Pieta, a sculpture done by Michelangelo himself.

There’s so much to see in Rome that it can be difficult to prioritize. If you’re struggling to narrow it down, make sure to at least cross these famous, Roman sites off your itinerary first. You can book your taxi from Rome Airport here.

Which country is more expensive for Expat?

Everybody wants to travel, discover the world, different countries, cultures, monuments landscapes, and new people… Today, so many students plan an expat in another country during the studies, in a partner university, or between 2 years of studies. Lots of destinations are so attractive and coveted.

Bangkok, Thailand

Buzzing, hip and dynamic. Bangkok is the city of angels and the capital of Thailand. Apart from being one of the most visited cities in the world, Bangkok is also an ideal destination for expats to settle in. Modern, affluent and affordable, you’ll find everything you ever need such as entertainment complexes, nightlife and even business opportunities. it is just so convenient here: from transportation to all kinds of restaurants, an amazing nightlife and tons of things to explore every day.

Accommodation: To rent something similar it would cost around 30000 Baht per month which really isn’t too affordable on a local wage. 1 bedroom apartments, simple and yet comfortable for maybe 10,000 Baht per month.

Eating: It is a good place for cheap international food. You can easily eat on a dollar when living in Bangkok

Drinks and nightlife: Big beers cost around $1.50 at the local corner shop. If planning to party when living in Bangkok, it can become expensive. It is easy to spend $50 on a night out.

Transport: taxi prices rarely go higher than 150 Baht within Bangkok’s CBD, so they are no doubt ridiculously cheap.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto is a ‘melting pot’ of cultures embracing newbies and absorbing them into its lifestyle, culture and community. Despite being filled with people from all over Canada, Northern America and the rest of the world, the city doesn’t have an expat vibe to it; everyone lives in the city is their own.

Accommodation: Unlike Vancouver, Toronto still real estate properties that are affordable. Apartments located in Summerhill, Forrest Hill, Rosedale, Moore Park, Lawrence Park, East York, Harbourfront, The Annex, Midtown and Yorkville costs a monthly rent from C$1,916 for 60 square meter apartment to C$3,400 for a 120 square meter apartment. Sharing an apartment is a good idea in Toronto. A room costs about C$600 monthly.

Eating: Dining in restaurants costs approximately C$25.00 for a three-course meal. Drinking in bars costs C$3.50 for coffee while beer costs C$4.50.

Transport: Metered taxi flag down costs USD$3.00 and one needs to add USD$1.50 per additional kilometer. Taxi companies include Crown Taxi, Diamond Taxicab, and Royal Taxi.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is incredibly modern and yet wildly traditional at the same time. Here you also get a dizzying variety of gastronomic experience to choose from at an affordable price.

Accommodation: Discovery Bay on Lantau Island is popular with expats and offers affordable housing options, as well as access to international schools. A small one bedroom apartment in one area might cost HK$14,000 while a larger one further from the city center might be HK$8,000.

Utilities can be one of your biggest expenses. A monthly electric, gas, water, and garbage bill can be around HK$1,000.

Eating: Dining prices can vary greatly depending on the kind of eatery you choose to frequent. Eating at a small noodle bar can offer you a lunch for under USD$3.

Transport: Taxis are affordable and start at a fixed price of USD$2.50.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, with its wonderful hot climate, miles of beaches and a thriving economy is a popular destination for expats from all over the world.

Accommodation: Rents in popular expat areas such as Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence and old town Dubai, for a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from AED 100,000 to AED 140,000 annually, whereas a modest two-bedroom apartment further out in areas such as Al Qusais will cost you around AED 75,000 per year.

Eating: It is possible to eat out fairly often in Dubai for cheap prices as the city provides a variety of dining options to suit many budgets.

Transport: Taxi for one kilometer is AED 1.75.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The cost of living in Buenos Aires is above average compared to most large cities. However, the Argentinian economy does have a tendency to fluctuate and inflation is very unstable.

Accommodation: Expats should be aware that if they choose to rent in Argentina they will pay much more than what a local would. Expats will be required to provide a few months’ rents in advance and will also need a guarantor. New arrivals can expect to budget about 20 percent of their income for accommodation.

Eating: The meal at a mid-range restaurant is ARS 560.

Transport: For a taxi in Buenos Aires, the kilometer is ARS 17.00.

What we see in the taxi from Charles De Gaulle airport to Eiffel Tower in Paris?

Paris is well known as the City of Lights and more recently for the jet-setting romantics. It is one of the most beautiful, charismatic, and photogenic cities in the world.  Overlooking the city, high atop Montmartre or walking in the narrow alleys of the Marais. There are so many things to see and to do in Paris, the fashion Capital in the world. You have to visit this city and to admire all the monuments!

If you come in Holidays in Paris, and if you arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, by taxi and if you go to Eiffel tower, you can see all of the things, monuments, and streets on the way! You could appreciate your trip in Taxi!

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You will see the famous ring road in Paris with so many cars, trucks, buses and kilometers of périphérique (French for ring road).

This road is simply the worst in France and possibly the World. With multiple lanes looping 35 km around Paris, the Périphérique (French for ring-road) should be the easiest way to get from one side of the French capital to the other. Shouldn’t it?

In reality, mass disruption, pollution and a divide between the city center and its suburbs make the Périphérique a headache for motorists, nearby residents, and city planners. With breakdowns, accidents, construction work on new transport links, and regular closures at different access points, you can bet that a lot of those hours have been spent on the Périphérique.

You will see on the road, the Triumphal Arc

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch) honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. if you want, you can visit the top of the Arc, to have the all city viewing, this is a wonderful experience !

Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

And you will cross the incredible and big Charles de Gaulle place where you can see both of these important symbols in Paris.

You will pass in front of the Denmark Embassy

This embassy is situated 77 Avenue Marceau in the 16th district in Paris. In addition to Denmark’s embassy in Paris, Denmark has 11 other representations in France. These representations include consulates in Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Porto-Vecchio, Rouen, Saint-Malo, and Toulouse.

You can’t miss the Yves Saint Laurent Museum on the way!

Paris is considered one of the top fashion capitals of the world and in this city, major designers such as Dior, Chanel, Hermes, and Christian Louboutin have reigned for years. Their logos and designs are world famous and adorn millions of bags, fashions, and jewelry. One of the most recognizable is the iconic YSL monogram—-of Yves Saint Laurent. In early October 2017, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent was unveiled in Paris. It is located at the original haute couture house where the fashion legend spent many years (1974-2002) designing and creating his collections. It’s worth a visit to this museum as his designs bring back memories of celebrities who wore his clothes during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The museum is designed with a subdued, yet unique style, much like Saint Laurent himself.

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You can admire the Flame of Liberty

The Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté) in Paris is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) at the entrance to the harbor of New York City since 1886. The monument, which measures approximately 3.5 meters in height, is a sculpture of a flame, executed in gilded copper, supported by a pedestal of gray-and-black marble. It is located near the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma, on the Place de l’Alma, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

You will cross the famous Alma Bridge!

Alma Bridge (Le Pont de l’Alma) is a road bridge in ParisFrance across the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Ottoman-Franco-British alliance achieved victory over the Russian army, on 20 September 1854.

You will see of course Branly Quay (Quai Branly).

Quai Branly is a track and quay located along the Seine (left bank) in the 7th and 15th arrondissements of Paris, starting east of Quai d’Orsay, at the Alma bridge and Place de la Résistance and ending at Quai de Grenelle at the Bir-Hakeim bridge.

And finally, you will finish at Eiffel Tower!

This is the most famous monument visited in the world! Like all the towers, it allows you to see and be seen: spectacular ascent, unique panorama on Paris, radiant sign in the sky of the Capital. You ca, eat at their restaurants with the view of all the city and maybe buy some things. There are three floors: the first one is the discovering, the second one is the glare and the three one is the vice!

The prices are varied between 10 to 25 euros for the adult.

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